Articles From Ava George Stewart

The historic nature of #MeToo: Best practices to ensure equal access from the perspective of Judge Debra Walker, Circuit Judge, Cook County Circuit Court By Ava George Stewart & Kenya Jenkins-Wright Bench and Bar, September 2018 Although it has not been an easy road, Judge Debra Walker has overcome obstacles and sees the #MeToo movement as a way to give all people a platform that will promote civility in the workplace and encourage an environment without such harassment or discrimination.
The Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Rizo suggests employers can pay women less than men for the same job based on prior salary By Ava George Stewart & Kenya A. Jenkins-Wright Bench and Bar, June 2017 In April, the Ninth Circuit held in Rizo v. Yovino that prior salary could be used to justify differences in compensation as a “factor other than sex” if the use of prior salary is reasonable and supports a business policy without running afoul of the Equal Pay Act.
Case notes By Hon. John A. Wasilewski, Hon. Richard D. Russo, Jessica Koester, Hon. Thomas A. Else, Ava George Stewart, & Mark Kevin Wykoff Criminal Justice, June 2013 Recent cases of interest to criminal law practitioners.
Warrantless blood draws discussed by U.S. Supreme Court By Ava George Stewart Traffic Laws and Courts, June 2013 The case of Missouri v. McNeeley now puts the government on notice that where there is a blood draw, without a warrant, the government should be prepared to lay out the reasoning to support the exigent circumstances exception to the Fourth Amendment.
Case notes By Hon. Kimberly L. Dahlen, Debra A. Seaton, Hon. Michael Kiley, Ava George Stewart, & Randall Rosenbaum Criminal Justice, April 2011 Recent decisions affecting criminal law in Illinois.
People of the State of Illinois v. Marina Kladis, No. 1-09-0686. Discovery sanctions in a misdemeanor DUI case can bar testimony of an arresting officer when a videotape has been discovered By Ava George Stewart Traffic Laws and Courts, November 2010 Kladis provides a roadmap for practitioners to avoid the destruction of discovery as well as what to do in the event the discovery is inadvertently destroyed.
People of the State of Illinois v. Samuel McPeak, No. 2080572: There must be evidence of the presence of cannabis in the blood, breath, or urine to be found guilty of a DUI based on 11-501(a)(6) By Ava George Stewart Traffic Laws and Courts, June 2010 This decision seems to put the brakes on the statute’s requirement of “any amount of drugs” in the body being sufficient to convict for a DUI.
People of the State of Illinois ex. rel. LISA MADIGAN, Petitioner v. HONORABLE JAMES B. KINZER, Respondents, No.105805: Stripping the Court of its discretion in sentencing for DUIs By Ava George Stewart Traffic Laws and Courts, March 2009 Your client’s ability to enter into a plea agreement for reckless driving, whether it is a ”reducer” from DUI or not, means that your client cannot receive court supervision for a subsequent DUI.
Your client’s driver’s license will be suspended for failure to have vehicle insurance, if they are convicted of driving without vehicle insurance By Ava George Stewart General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, January 2009 Effective July 2, 2007 the Illinois Vehicle Code was changed, causing a mandatory three-month suspension of driving privileges for anyone convicted of driving without insurance.

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